A coalition of 50 advocacy groups has voiced dismay to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding a proposed reversal of key patient-engagement criteria for Stage 2 meaningful use during the 2015-2017 timeframe.

Stage 2 measures made easier under the proposed CMS rule include: changing the threshold for the Patient Electronic Access measure from 5 percent to “equal to or greater than 1,” and changing Secure Electronic Messaging from a percentage-based measure to a yes-no measure on whether the messaging capability is “functionally fully enabled.”

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